Ted Strickland (D-OH)
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Ted Strickland is challenging incumbent Senator Rob Portman. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1993-1995 and from 1997-2007. Following his time in the House, he was the Governor of Ohio from 2007-2011, losing reelection to John Kasich. Before leaving to run for Senate, Strickland served as president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
- On the Issues: Strickland is progressive on economic issues, and passionate about criminal justice reform. He generally supports efforts to address climate change, but probably will not be a champion on the issue.
- Election update (9/27): Although this race was initially considered a tossup, Portman has recently been polling ahead by double digits and Strickland is now considered an underdog. The DSCC has recently cancelled planned advertising, a signal that they no longer see a clear path to victory. Strickland has nearly $10M less cash on hand than Portman, and outside groups have spent against him aggressively.